[Charles Sprague] Sargent
3to save them.Here is something from Pinchot which, had it comes from a deeper fountain would have lighted the gloom. He says in a letter to me dated Dec. 15, "Except for certain administrative clouds which darken the horizon, the general prospect for the forests seems never to have been so bright as now. I am not only confident of maintaining the present reserves, but full of hope that we shall be able, not only to protect them in the near future, but to increase their area to a notable extent." "Two alternatives" he says "present themselves for the treatment of the reserved public timber lands. One is to reserve all such lands at one blow by refusing to allow any forest lands of the U.S. to be disposed of hereafter. This course would probably require Congressional action, & it is by no means certain that such action could be obtained. The other course is to
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